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About Us

The Study Abroad Center (SAC) offers academic opportunities in over 60 countries and administers over 20 faculty-led programs. SAC programs range in duration from 2 weeks to 52 weeks and allow students to earn UNI credit while studying abroad. Programs are designed to accommodate student’s program of study.

Increasingly, students recognize that international academic experiences are critical to success in today’s global community. Whether a student seeks to become fluent in another language, pursue an international degree, participate in an international service learning opportunity, or simply experience life in another culture, the Study Abroad Center can make it happen.

Study Abroad Center's Mission

The mission of the Study Abroad Center at the University of Northern Iowa is to provide service and leadership in international education to UNI students, faculty, staff, the community, and the State of Iowa.  The Study Abroad Center:
  • Encourages students to travel and study abroad to enrich their life experiences, which effectively prepares professional careers that transcend cultural and political boundaries;
  • Provides UNI faculty and staff with resources and support to develop and deliver study abroad opportunities for all UNI students;
  • Assists and empowers the community to create global opportunities for UNI students overseas in order to shape their views as global citizens.

Services and Resources

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  • Program information, selection and application support;
  • Academic planning and course approval facilitation;
  • Study Abroad registration and enrollment;
  • Academic transcript and credit transfer support;
  • Scholarships and financial assistance and information clearinghouse;
  • Travel arrangement assistance;
  • Pre-departure orientation and country-specific advice, including safety and security;
  • Peer advisor consultations and cultural recommendations;
  • Study and travel abroad library resources;
  • International Student Identity Card (ISIC) & Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) issuing office;
  • Passport, ID, and visa photo services;
  • Short-term faculty-led program support, including budget development and administration;
  • Risk management of programs abroad involving UNI students;
  • Reports on international activities involving UNI students (Open Doors & Board of Regents);
  • International crisis response office involving UNI students